What if BellSouth (or Comcast, or Verizon, or AT&T) decided to block your access to internet sites based on whether or not the owners of those sites were willing (or able) to pay each of them an access fee?
How would that change your access to information?
Do you maintain a web presence? A blog?
How much are you willing (or able) to pay so that everyone has access to your site?
Right now these companies make their money largely from subscribers like you and me tapping into their networks to access content. They donâ€™t also charge people who provide content via other â€œconnectionsâ€ to get their contact through to you from the other side. Because the law says they canâ€™t.
But that is in danger of changing. Soon.
If you use the internet at all you need to learn about this before itâ€™s too late and you get locked out of content, or if youâ€™re a blogger, you get locked out of potential readers.
Take another hypothetical: What if you live, say in Savannah like me, and you run a blog that is hosted on a computer somewhere on the West Coast. And what if neither you nor the company that owns the computers that host your blog are willing (or able) to pay your internet provider at your home for access through them.
You could find yourself in a position where you canâ€™t even access your own web site!
If you think this doesnâ€™t really matter to you because you donâ€™t really use the internet all that much you are exactly wrong. Us little guys will be impacted the most if we loose Net Neutrality. The big companies like Amazon.com will simply ante up and pay the fees. The little people will be left out in the cold.
Get educated. Holler at Congress before it is too late!
These posts have links to others where you can see all about this.
If we do nothing we will be the poorer for it in more ways than one.
Update: Visit SaveTheInternet.com for the complete round-up on this issue.